Midhurst Footpath Companions
Walking in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey.

Stoughton Down Day Walk 14th March 2018

Den's walk was very enjoyable with some excellent views as far as Dell Quay and the Isle of Wight. Part way up Stoughton Down was an early/middle Neolithic Age long barrow, built in the Stone Age and still there after 5,000 or 6,000 years. England was still joined to Europe only 2,500 years earlier. Another trudge up a muddy track and we reached the Devil's Humps near Bow Hill. These Bronze age barrows are mere youngsters - around 4,000 year old. After a refreshing drinks stop we headed downhill, past the edge of  Kingley Vale to lunch in the Barley Mow in Walderton. Excellent lunch before heading for Inholmes Wood on the opposite side of the valley.  We were alarmed to see a light aircraft much lower than usual, but relievd to see it had landed safely a liitle further down in Pitlands Farm. The walk was 7.65 miles with about 1000 feet of ascent.